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This page provides suggestions and web site resources to find career support, career transition, or other supporting organizations in areas outside the support area of The CT Groups in the Memphis, TN area.
Read the disclaimer as an appropriate and necessary first step to understand the information offered.
The information provided may assist many in finding resources outside their community. The results are predominately determined in how the individual constructs the search terms, the volume and quality of the information available to the search tool based on the entered search terms, and the current quality of the information returned. Information provided in the listed web sites below are a collection of known or reportedly operational groups at some point in time. The current operational state, policies, rules, financial requirements or any other obligation or requirement for membership in any group may no longer be accurate and should only be viewed as a starting point for further inquiry.
Resources to help those in a career transition are available in many locations across the United States. The challenge is two fold:
- They are not well known within their community, highlighted by the local media outlets or information made available by employers, churches or government employment offices.
- There are no known standards or conventions for operations within the United States, between or within the states. Prior to joining any group make sure you fully understand the financial, personal and time commitments that you are agreeing to prior to making any verbal or written commitment to join. When money is involved ask for full disclosure of their rules, policies and financial obligations placed upon members in a written document and review it carefully.
With so many skill sets across the United States and limited employment opportunities there is the potential that employment in your community may not be likely due to the nature of your skills, the decline in demand for your expertise or the limited need for such expertise in smaller communities. In these cases looking beyond your community even to other states may be necessary.
There can be many different types of searches that may help. Here are four of potentially many different approaches available to you in finding support outside your immediate area:
1. Support Groups Search
2. State or Charitable Groups Search
3. Houses of Worship Search
4. LinkedIn City Specific Networking
5. Reported Support Groups List
Here is a brief discussion of each for your consideration.
- Support Group Search
Perform an Internet search using key words that would apply to the locality you are interested in along with the key words often used by such organizations. Depending on the size of the community you may need change your key word selection as the results could number zero or run into the hundreds or more creating a significant amount of time to research then all.
In a search the more important key words often appear first with the following key words used to refine or provide more specifics or constraining key words to refine your search. Placing key words within double quotes will require those words in that order appear and such limitation may produce fewer and less desirable results.
Key words you may want to use as a starting point, and in this order, include:
- the city and state name you want to search
- the specific words: career job support transition
State or Charitable Groups Search
Perform an Internet search using key words involving the state and words frequently used for state agencies involved with those in a career transition.
Key words you may want to use as a starting point, and in this order, include:
1. the name of the state you want to search
2. the specific words: employment security workforce development
- Houses of Worship Search
Often larger houses of worship will either have, host or be aware of career support groups within their city or have the means to "ask around". However sometimes those within the office of a house of worship simply are not aware of such groups or have that as an area of their responsibilities. In short an answer of "there are none" should be understand to be "there are none that I am aware of". The larger the community is the higher the potential such groups do exist.
Internet searches to find the larger houses of worship can be difficult but not impossible. Breaking down the search into religious divisions within a city then examining their web sites can reveal relative size and potentially the existence of a support group.
- LinkedIn City Specific Networking
LinkedIn's Advanced People Search tool will allow you to search the membership by a specific ZIP Code along with key words and/or company names. If you do not know the ZIP Code of your targeted cities, a Look up capability is provided to use an entered city and state from which LinkedIn will provide the ZIP Codes associated with that city.
Consider using a 100 mile radius especially in larger communities which may include potentially many different cities such as with Los Angeles. Use the key words suggested in the prior searches and adjust your key words as needed for improved results. Look for individuals who have the key word LION (LinkedIn Open Networker) as they are willing to connect with anyone. If you elect to Link with them include a meaningful true statement in your request: You are in a job search and seeking resources to help find employment in that area in the field of __________. Such a message may generate some rejections but it may also provide additional benefits for your search. Even LinkedIn argues you should NOT use the standard message provided to Link with someone so tailor your message for your legitimate request for help.
- Reported Support Groups List
One web site, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CT-SupportGroups, provides links to the 50 states plus District of Columbia where collected information has been posted. Using the left navigation panel (found on the left side of the displayed page) click on Links to display the links. These sites may be access by the public with access to the Internet and a supported browser.
Each state and the District of Columbia have a unique web link based in part on the standard US Postal Service State Abbreviation making subsequent direct access to a specific state easier.
The information provided may assist in finding resources outside of a community. The results are predominately determined in how the individual constructs the search terms, the volume and quality of the information available to the search tool based, the quality of terms provided to the search tool and the current quality of the information returned by the search tool among others. Information provided in the listed web sites above are a collection of known or reportedly operational groups from different sources at one point in time. The current operational state, policies, rules, financial requirements or any other obligation or requirement for membership may no longer be accurate and should only be viewed as a starting point for further inquiry. It is beyond the means for The CT Groups to validate or revalidate any information provided as a courtesy to the visitors of our web sites or other documents. Use of this information is at the risk of the reader to make assessment if the information is accurate, is of value to them and if contact or further involvement with the group is in their best interest or of acceptable risk to the reader.
What information we have on other groups, that were reported to have existed, may be found on a state level using the links provided below. In time all 50 States plus the District of Delaware will be listed.
Subpages for States currently on this web site include: